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1net

noun \ˈnet\

Definition of NET

1
a :  an open-meshed fabric twisted, knotted, or woven together at regular intervals
b :  something made of net: as
(1) :  a device for catching fish, birds, or insects (2) :  a fabric barricade which divides a court in half (as in tennis or volleyball) and over which a ball or shuttlecock must be hit to be in play (3) :  the fabric that encloses the sides and back of the goal in various games (as soccer or hockey)
2
:  an entrapping device or situation <caught in the net of suspicious circumstances>
3
:  something resembling a net in reticulation (as of lines, fibers, or figures)
4
a :  a group of communications stations operating under unified control
b :  network 4
5
often capitalized :  internet
net·less \-ləs\ adjective
net·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
net·ty \ˈne-tē\ adjective
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Origin of NET

Middle English nett, from Old English; akin to Old High German nezzi net
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with NET

2net

verb
net·tednet·ting

Definition of NET

transitive verb
1
:  to cover or enclose with or as if with a net
2
:  to catch in or as if in a net
3
:  to cover with or as if with a network
4
a :  to hit (a ball) into the net for the loss of a point in a racket game
b :  to hit (a ball or puck) into the goal for a score (as in hockey or soccer); also :  to score (a point or goal) by netting a ball or puck
net·ter noun

First Known Use of NET

1593

3net

adjective

—used to describe the weight of something without its packaging or container

: after everything is completed

Full Definition of NET

1
:  free from all charges or deductions: as
a :  remaining after the deduction of all charges, outlay, or loss <net earnings> <net worth> — compare gross
b :  excluding all tare <net weight>
2
:  excluding all nonessential considerations :  basic, final <the net result> <net effect>

Examples of NET

  1. The net result of the new bridge will be fewer traffic jams.

Origin of NET

Middle English, clean, pure, from Anglo-French — more at neat
First Known Use: 15th century

4net

verb
net·tednet·ting

Definition of NET

transitive verb
1
a :  to receive by way of profit :  clear
b :  to produce by way of profit :  yield
2
:  to get possession of :  gain

First Known Use of NET

1758

5net

noun

Definition of NET

1
:  a net amount, profit, weight, or price
2
:  the score of a golfer in a handicap match after deducting his or her handicap from the gross score
3
:  essence, gist

First Known Use of NET

circa 1904
NETTER Defined for Kids

1net

noun \ˈnet\

Definition of NET for Kids

1
:  a device made of strands that weave in and out with open spaces between and used to hold or catch something
2
:  a fabric made of strands of thread, cord, rope, or wire that weave in and out with much open space <a net for catching fish>
3
:  the object placed between players in some games (as tennis)
4
:  the area that serves as the goal in some games (as soccer and hockey)
5
often cap :  internet
6
:  network 1 <a net of passageways>
7
:  something that traps and is difficult to escape from <They were caught in a net of lies.>

2net

verb
net·tednet·ting

Definition of NET for Kids

1
:  to cover with or as if with a net
2
:  to catch in or as if in a net

3net

adjective

Definition of NET for Kids

:  remaining after all charges or expenses have been subtracted <We made a net profit of eight dollars.>

4net

verb
net·tednet·ting

Definition of NET for Kids

:  to gain or produce as profit :  clear <Each sale nets ten cents.>
Medical Dictionary

net

noun \ˈnet\

Medical Definition of NET

:  network <in the portal system, blood passes through two capillary nets—E. B. Steen & Ashley Montagu>

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